Myworld thought about breaking out the top 10 Cuban prospects in the American League and the National League. As we were breaking out the list the American League seemed a bit short forcing me to put players like Dariel Alvarez on the list. This would also leave out a number of unsigned players, many of whom are waiting for the July 2 date to sign with teams. So we thought we would just put together the top 20 of players from the American and National Leagues, and those who are waiting to sign that have left Cuba in pursuit of the lottery ticket they call major league baseball.
Pinar del Río Vegueros right-hander pitcher Yoandy Cruz is the winner of the 2015-16 NS Rookie of the Year Award.
Cruz had amazing numbers with Pinar del Río during the first half of the 2015-16 season, leading all rookies with a 5-0 record and an extraordinary 1.95 ERA.
At the end of the 55 NS campaign Cruz had record of 8-2 (.800) after 17 games pitched – 13 starts - with an ERA of 3.42 in 73 2/3 innings.
Cruz had 31 struck outs and 29 walks while the opponents hit .275 against him. He compiled a WHIP of 1.43.
Tiger’s outfielder José Adolis García had a phenomenal 2015-16 season, and he was rewarded for his hard work by winning the Cuban National Series Most Valuable Player Award.
José Adolis became the first player in franchise history to win the NS MVP Award.
At 23 the Ciego’s outfielder was huge for his team, and his numbers consolidated his position as one of the youngest prospect in Cuban baseball. Despite not having great protection in the lineup, José Adolis hit .315 and led the NS in RBIs (71).
Jose Adolis Garcia becomes the second Cuban player to sign a contract to play for the Yomiuri Giants. Relief pitcher Hector Mendoza is the first. Mendoza has yet to pitch for the major league team, but he has made 10 appearances for the Giants minor league equivalent, picking up two saves with a 1.64 ERA. The Giants would like to see him improve his control before they promote him as he has walked six hitters in just 11 innings.
After rain forced the cancellation of game six on Saturday the two teams played a double header today to determine the Cuban champion.
Ciego had won the first three but Pinar went on to win game six 7-3 to even the series at 3-3.
Pinar took it to a game seven by erupting for five runs in the first inning in game number six.
Yosvani Alarcon hit a two run single and Yordanis Alarcon clubbed a three run homerun to give Pinar an early 5-0 lead.
Andy Sarduy drove in three runs on a 3 for 3 day and the Tobacco Growers were able to hold off a Ciego come back to pull out an 8-7 win. Livan Moinelo was able to strike out Ariel Borrero with the tying run on third to secure the victory. Ciego still leads the series three games to two.
Pinar was able to avoid a sweep scratching out a 6-3 win over Ciego. Michael Gonzalez hit a three run homer and lead off hitter Lazaro Ramirez clubbed a solo shot to lead the charge.
Livan Moinelo captured the last five outs to preserve the win.